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Mark email messages as Read / Unread in Windows Mail

Unless they've already been read in a web-based mail client, or downloaded in another email program, all new messages will be marked as Unread in Windows Mail; they stay Unread until you open them or keep them selected for a few seconds; you can also manually mark messages as Read or Unread, and even customize how long Windows Mail will wait before automatically marking them as Read after they've been opened. Unread emails appear in bold text inside the folder listing, read messages in "regular" (non-bold) text:
Read emails and bold unread messages in Windows Mail Manually mark emails as Un/Read | Mark entire folder as Read | Customize Mark-as-Read timeout

Manually mark emails Read or Unread

Start by opening Windows Mail - any folder will do, as long as it contains several emails:

Mark all messages in an email folder as Read or Unread

Windows Mail includes a special command which lets you mark an entire folder as Read:

When new emails are downloaded in Windows Mail, they are all unread by default: when you open an email to read it, it is marked as read either immediately, or after a number of seconds that you can determine through Windows Mail options. How soon you want an email message to be marked as read depends on a number of things, including your own personal preference.

Change how quickly emails are automatically marked as Read

Follow these steps to change how long Windows Mail will wait before it marks messages as Read: the timeout starts when you have a single email selected, with its body shown in the reading pane (customize Windows Mail's preview pane settings), or when you open an message in its own window (double-click on it, or hit Enter while it is highlighted in the listing).

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Tutorial last updated on August 22, 2012
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